For the lover of high mountain regions it would be hard to beat this exceptional trek. We combine a moderate trek in the isolated Cordillera Vilcabamba with a challenging foray into the Cordillera Vilcanota around the base of Ausangate. Ample time is also included in Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas for acclimatisation on this outstanding and unusual itinerary. The remote trails of the Cordillera Vilcabamba provide a fine introduction to the spectacular Andean wilderness. From our magnificent campsites our guides identify a striking panorama of 6000m peaks including the huge flanks of Salcantay (Salkantay) before joining the final stage of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Our trekking pace is more demanding as we head into the Cordillera Vilcanota. With our gear loaded on mules or llamas we share campsites with the Quechua herders and undertake forays over high and rugged passes to the foot of huge glaciers that underline our sense of isolation and achievement on this challenging trek. Book now.